I have been a big fan of Angela Liddon for years now. She was one of the first vegan food blogs that I discovered. However, my allegiance to Oh She Glows does not stem from early veganhood nostalgia. Nope, it comes from a tried and tested trust. I have been making Angela's recipes for years , and if I am being honest, there was only one recipe that I did not like. Over and over, she has proven herself to be not only an artist in the kitchen, but an excellent teacher. If you are also vegan, you will know what I mean when I say that it is like re-learning how to cook when you first go vegan. Sure, my mom taught me to cook since I was twelve, but I only knew how to cook Standard American Diet foods. You know, the chicken pot pies, mashed potatoes, and microwaved broccoli. I knew nothing about preparing only plant-based foods. I, like many people, thought I would be eating rice and beans with a side salad FOREVER. However, Angela's website demonstrated and taught that plant-based meals can be delicious, drool-worthy, and satisfying.
So, after many years of cooking recipes from the Oh She Glows website, I could not wait until the book arrived. Yes people, I pre-ordered the book, and yes, I checked the UPS tracker five times a day, and yes, on the day it was supposed to arrive, I waited by the door with my nose pressed to the glass leaving a gross nose print. While the mail-man was probably creeped out, I have no shame.
Now that I have had the book for a while, I can say that the excitement was well-worth it. The book is beautiful and the recipes continue to impress. Each recipe has its own color photo that is expertly taken. Thus, the recipes are both stunning, and enticing to create. The book contains a compilation of her pantry and kitchen staples, which would be helpful for any newbie vegans, or people who just want to learn to eat healthier.
Her book encompasses almost any mealtime or any part of a meal. Her categories are as follows (After each category are a FEW of the recipes that I have tried and found to be incredible)
Out-the-door Chia Power Donuts
Effortless Vegan Overnight Oats
Smoothies, Juices, and Tea-
Classic Green Monster
Cheerful Chocolate Smoothie
Mushroom-Walnut Pesto Tart
Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip
Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Delicata Squash, Millet & Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
Soul-Soothingg African Peanut Soup
Cream of Tomato Soup with Roasted Italian Chickpea Croutons (pictured below)
Enlightened Miso Power Bowl
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce
Marinated Balsamic, Maple & Garlic Tempeh
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fingerling Potatoes & Rosemary
Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Fudgy Mocha Pudding Cake
Chilled Chocolate-Espresso Torte with Toasted Hazelnut Crust (pictured below)
Magical Chia Seed Jam
All of the above recipes, and many more, are packaged in this tidy book for about fifteen dollars. Which, if I am being honest, is an incredible deal. There are more than 100 recipes, most of which I have tried (and all of those have been crowd-pleasers). Thus, I declare for the price, that this book is quite the bargain.
Overall, this cookbook is wonderful. It is excellent for the healthy noobs or for the masters of vegan cooking. This book provides so many options for those seeking to eat a plant based life style, and Angela is very considerate of food sensitivities At the beginning of each recipe, she denotes things like gluten-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, nut-free, oil-free, and soy-free. This is especially helpful for people looking to avoid certain foods. The majority of her recipes are gluten-free, sugar-free, and soy-free. So no matter what you are looking for, there are plenty of recipes for your dietary needs.
The recipes range in ease and prep-time. However, according to her cook and prep-times, very few recipes take longer than an hour to prep and cook. Some, like the smoothies take 5 minutes, while others like the main dishes take longer.
Perhaps my only criticism of this book is the time and skill for a few of the recipes. If you are completely new to cooking, then something like the Mushroom-Walnut Pesto Tart, may seem overwhelming. While I assure you that it is delicious, it does take some time and finesse. So, my suggestion is that, if you are brand new to cooking (plant-based or otherwise), you may need to grow into some of these recipes. All are completely attainable, but they may require a few tries. However, if you are relatively practiced in the kitchen, you should not have any trouble whipping up anyone of Angela's delights. As a whole, the recipes are great for all ability levels, but a few recipes are more intensive than others. So, if you are just beginning your cooking exploration, take heart, just like I did at the beginning of my vegan journey, that Angela's Oh She Glows Cookbook will mold you and guide your plant-based kitchen repertoire.